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For the Love of Spock (2016)

For the Love of Spock (2016)

The long and prosperous life Leonard Nimoy lived along with the legendary sci-fi icon he portrayed

7.4

Movie

Canada, United States of America
English
Documentary
2016
ADAM NIMOY
Adam Nimoy, Avery Brooks, Barry Newman
105 min

TLDR

Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy.

What it's about

After iconic actor Leonard Nimoy dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), his son Adam brings together his family, the Star Trek cast, and prominent media personalities to reflect on his life and his iconic portrayal of the famous half-Vulcan Spock.

The take

There are moments in cinema when the character and actor are irrevocably linked– to think of one is to think of the other, to the point that the line is blurred between both. One such pair is Spock and Leonard Nimoy, and, after his death, it was inevitable that the documentary about Nimoy would also be a documentary about Spock. For the Love of Spock is the first of two Nimoy documentaries, made by his son Adam, and it’s a lovely tribute to the iconic sci-fi legend that shifted the entire genre and the fan culture that emerged, but it was also a personal film where the family reckons with the fame that occurred as a result. Superfans might not learn that much about Spock (some of them are interviewed in the film), but For the Love of Spock is an excellent profile, even if it’s not as objective and logical as the character itself.

What stands out

It really felt like it was made for the fans with its warm and affectionate approach.

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